This weekend A Cycling are hosting the British Cycling MTB Marathon Championships at Llandovery in Wales, the course is 80km long consisting of 3000m of climbing (Nearly 10,000ft!).

The course is set in the Crychan Forest with 2 laps of 40km course, A Cycling quote the course as
Held within Crychan Forest, the Wild Welsh is unique among similar long distance MTB events in the UK with permission to race and time all competitors.

The course will be based on a large loop, approximately 40km in distance, with additional 7km neutral, escorted start and 7km neutral ride back. Total distance ridden will therefore be approximately 94km.

The route will offer a challenge to all riders, with a total of 3000 metres of climbing and lots of fun descents. It will offer variety with incredible views all around.

We will not be releasing a GPX file prior to the event. It will be fully marked and clear to follow.

For the Championship event a technical support zone will be available at 33km and 73km (from race start).
For both events feed stations will be at 33km, 40km and 73km.


Matt at ACycling recently wrote on their Facebook page an insight into what to expect on the day
"Crychan won't be well known to many people as a cycling venue but very common for international car rallies and motorbike enduros. The forest hides a huge variety of tracks and trails and somewhere I have trained and ridden for 20 years.

Riders really need to be prepared for the variety with lots of different singletrack and doubletrack trails to keep riders on their toes. The vast majority of the trails are rock based, so it copes well regardless of the weather, although riders might not believe me after the first few KM off-road, which is the wettest of the route.

The biggest challenge in Crychan is the amount of climbing as descents are almost all fast. Although nothing is super technical there are several sections that riders will have to take some time to get down. There are no really easy KMs due to the lack of tarmac, but the forest roads will be a chance to relax a little at least.

I'd strongly suggest riders firstly take plenty of fluid & food with them and then my biggest recommendation is good tyres. Schwalbe Racing Ralph Snakeskin are my tyres of choice and I would strongly recommend not using anything with a thin sidewall."

Female Start List

NameClub name
Melanie AlexanderCardiff JIF
Verity AppleyardBrotherton Cycles
Jane BarrVelocity 44 Stirling
Sally BighamTopeak Ergon Racing Team
Julie BrattonVelo Club Flintham
Rosie BrownWestbury Wheelers
Charlotte Davies---
Naomi Freireich---
Carla HainesTORQ Performance
Sophie HemmingA Cycling / Pivot
Nicky HughesSpecialized Racing
Theresa JacksonCC Luton
Sharon LawsPodium Ambition p/b Club La Santa
Angela LaycockArmy Cycling Race Team (ACRT)
Janet MarsdenWarwickshire Police Cycling Club
Cheri MillsOneplanet Adventure
Rebecca PreeceLeisure Lakes
Heather ShanksConcept Group
Amy SouterAlbarosa Cycling Club
Carole Welch---



Male Start List

NameClub name
Rob Adair---
Daniel RT - Lazer helmets
Jesse Baines---
Tom BellDelv
Ian BendallForza Cycles Racing Team
Mike BrainMatlock CC
Matthew Bridge---
Nigel BrownWestbury Wheelers
George BuddA Cycling / Pivot UK
Marc ChamberlainCotswold Cycles RT
Steven ChapmanIslabikes
Christopher ClarkVC York
Ben Connor---
Stephen CorbynKTM Impsport RT
Nicholas CorlettManx Mountain Bike Club
Carwyn DaviesCycle-Tec
Roy DaviesPort Sunlight Whls CC
Bruce DieselCheltenham & County CC
Giles DrakeLeisure Lakes
Timothy DunfordRenvale RT
Ben Eardley---
Neil EvansManchester Wheelers Club
Charlie EvansCongleton CC
Rick FetherstonWDMBC/Specialized Ruislip
Dan FleemanMetaltek Kuota Racing Team
Gary FoordMammoth Lifestyle Racing Team
Thomas Halhead---
Mark HardwickeBournemouth Arrow/Hotel Collingwood
David HaywardBigfoot MBC
Jon Heasman---
Sam HemmantBicester Millennium CC
Kieran Hinds---
Dean HitchingsCotswold Cycles RT
Mark Hopkinson---
Bevan HumphreysUrban Cyclery
James HydeRenvale RT
Mike JacksonCC Luton
Lee JohnsonSalisbury Road and Mountain CC
Richard JonesRenvale RT
Andy JonesClee Cycles
Gareth JonesYstwyth Cycling Club
Luke KendallComplete Cycle Works
Dylan Kerfoot-RobsonTeam USN
Liam KilleenMalvern Cycle Sport
David King-Smith---
Gary Kirby---
Richard LillyTeam JMC
Jared LindenRoyal Dean Forest CC
Mathew Livesey---
Matthew MarriottArmy Cycling Race Team (ACRT)
Jason MarriottArmy Cycling Race Team (ACRT)
Scott McCarronMountain Trax RT
Paul MillerWDMBC/Specialized Ruislip
George MillsDulwich Paragon CC
Ryan NashArmy Cycling Race Team (ACRT)
Paul OldhamHope Factory Racing
Julian PaphitisCranleigh Cycling Club
Phillip PearceSpecialized Racing
David PearsonArmy Cycling Race Team (ACRT)
Ian PetherbridgeSouthdowns Bikes – Casco
Bryan PreeceWelsh coast cycles
Kevin PurcellNationwide Cycling Club
George RichardsonNFTO Race Club
Steven RoachRaleigh GAC
Jon Roberts---
Rashad Sadat---
Richard SamuelClee Cycles
Mike Saunders---
Thomas Scott-CollinsWellingborough Cycles Race Team
Andrew Searcy---
Derek ShanksOrigins Fitness
Nic SmithMoonglu CC
Matt J Smith---
Denis SmithWindmill Wheels Cycling Club
Harry SnowSouthfork
John SpeedMB Swindon
Mark SprattTeam Bikesoup-Bianchi
Peter SuttonArmy Cycling Race Team (ACRT)
Ben ThomasMountain Trax RT
Ben TrotterMacclesfield Wheelers
Ben WadeyClee Cycles
Andy WeavingCotswold Cycles RT
Mark WellstedAmisvelo Racing Team
Anthony WhiteRoyal Dean Forest CC
Don WhiteCotswold Cycles RT
Steve WhitehouseKernow Riders
Mark WhittakerArmy Cycling Race Team (ACRT)
Iain WightCotswold Cycles RT
Carwyn WilliamsCardiff JIF

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